This week we found out that Presidential candidate John McCain has been having secret, no-media campaign events with Hispanic leaders, and telling them an absolutely different story about his policies and convictions than he told Republican voters while campaigning for the Republican nomination for president. This utterly outrageous, lying, pandering, two-faced son of a bitch absolutely does not deserve to be our President. There is no way in hell this guy is ever going to get my vote.
Rosana Pulido is a conservative activist in Illinois who has been fighting for effective border controls and enforcement of our federal immigration laws since at least 2005. She received one of these exclusive invitations to an event in Chicago from the John McCain campaign, complete with a personal identification number that she would have to provide along with photo identification in order to ensure that it was she, and not some unauthorized imposter, who attended this June 18th event. Her report, which is confirmed in the local Spanish media, is beyond disturbing:
John McCain’s favorite words of the evening were “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. But he started out first of all saying if he is gonna win the Presidential election he will need the support of the Latino community.
He said “My state has been enriched by the Hispanic culture in Arizona.”
Then John McCain asked a question “Did you know this? I bet some of you did not know that Spanish was spoken in Arizona before English.” Loud cheers from the audience.
Then he said “I want to have some straight talk about our relationship with Mexico, our closest neighbor and dearest friend” He talked about the Mexican President fighting the drug cartels.
Then John McCain said the exact thing I came to hear. He said “I was proud to work for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and If I am elected President I assure you that in 2009 I will ask Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” (The crowd goes wild) “It is a Federal Responsibility” he said and continued “we also need a temporary guest worker program.”
He then told a story about a day laborer who got picked up this morning, worked all day and then never got paid. “We have no Federal Policy, we cannot allow this to happen”, he said. He repeated “I assure you that I will work for Comprehensive Immigration Reform”.
John McCain talked about a debate he was in about enforcing the law and he says that the “other side had a lot of ‘Rhetoric’.” “You know what I am talking about!” he said.
Let’s compare this to what he told Republican primary voters just a few months ago:
On the issue of illegal immigration, a position which provoked the outspoken opposition of many conservatives, I stood my ground aware that my position would imperil my campaign. I respect your opposition for I know that the vast majority of critics to the bill based their opposition in a principled defense of the rule of law. And while I and other Republican supporters of the bill were genuine in our intention to restore control of our borders, we failed, for various and understandable reasons, to convince Americans that we were. I accept that, and have pledged that it would be among my highest priorities to secure our borders first, and only after we achieved widespread consensus that our borders are secure, would we address other aspects of the problem in a way that defends the rule of law and does not encourage another wave of illegal immigration.
I fully understand that there was never a basis to really trust John McCain on the illegal immigration issue, and never really did. But I was going to give John McCain an honest chance to earn my vote, hoping that he might finally understand what a loser some of his past policies were with the electorate. What I didn’t expect at all was for McCain to be telling non-Hispanic voters one thing, and then in secret telling Hispanic voters the exact opposite while pandering for their votes. I also didn’t expect to see McCain apparently coordinating this event with someone like Martin Sandoval. Sandoval is a Democrat serving in the Illinois State Senate, and is a significant figure in the illegal alien lobby in Illinois who has proposed such things as taxpayer funded loan programs for illegal alien college students. In addition to serving as a State Senator, he is also on an official advisory panel “Institute For Mexicans Abroad”, providing policy advice as a “Mexican Abroad” in an official capacity for the Government of Mexico at the same time he votes on what laws should be passed in the Illinois State Legislature. Is this guy a Mexican, or an American? He ought to pick a country he wants to represent and be a part of, and stick to that decision.
This is not some minor gaffe, a poorly chosen string of words, or a missing fashion accessory. This was a long-planned, carefully orchestrated, and deliberately executed effort to at best brazenly lie to voters, or at worst a demonstration that John McCain’s entire presidential candidacy has as its foundation a pile of decidedly un-American convictions that he knows are wrong, convictions that he lacks the courage to openly and truthfully discuss. He does not deserve my vote, nor should he qualify for the Republican nomination, although there is little reason to believe that could be denied him. God save the Republican Party.
Our country can survive a bad president like Barack Obama. It is formidably resilient, and when government promotes bad policy the American people rise up and put a stop to such chicanery. Conservatism cannot long endure false prophets like John McCain, however, who claim the mantle of the Reagan Revolution at the same time they devalue and debase with their every action everything that stood for. We survived Jimmy Carter, and in the end came out much better as a nation for being shown in such clear terms what liberalism is and why it should be opposed. When charlatans like John McCain are taken seriously, it proves we desperately need to re-learn those lessons, and hopefully those lessons will endure.
UPDATE: John Ross saw this coming about a month ago, and had the following to say. He was so right.
The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and if that old adage proves true of John McCain, under a McCain Presidency, America is going to become more of a Nanny State, not less. We (at least most of the time) try to treat enemy soldiers captured on the battlefield with respect and fairness, and we feed and house them until the war is over. They are our known opponents and are treated as such. They represent a known level of danger. Spies and traitors in our midst, however, are much more of a threat than the most competent of enemy generals, and that is why spies and traitors get much more severe treatment.
For this reason, I find myself in the odd position of wishing Hillary had told Bill to buzz off and had won a few more states, so I could vote for her in the general election. I’m that terrified of what Republicans might sign off on under a John McCain Presidency.
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